IRS Email Scam

Tax season traditionally means an increase of scams surrounding the IRS and your tax refund. This year is no different.

Fake IRS emails hit email inboxes over the weekend in Eastern Carolina. The email appears to be from the IRS United States Department of the Treasury. There's a picture of the Benjamin Franklin on a dollar bill that says "Where's My Refund?"

The email says the IRS has calculated your refund and tells you what you are eligible to receive. The email directs you to a link to fill in personal information. The website looks like it is sponsored by the IRS, complete with logs and banners. Scam artists can use the information you enter to tap your bank account and steal your identity.

Remember, the IRS will never email you about your tax returns or refunds. This is a scam.


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 9, 2009 at 03:42 PM
    Tyrone, there are really people out there that will fall for this scam, by the simple fact that they are offered money. Scams work because of greed.
  • by tina Location: Ahoskie on Feb 9, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    Moments after reading your news story online, I was checking my email and I got this email and it told me about refund amount and what to do to claim. People don't get scammed, these folks are preying on citizens because with the economy like it is these people know we are trying to get every dollar we are entitled to.
  • by Tyrone Location: West Gville on Feb 9, 2009 at 08:04 AM
    I don't think in 2009 that anyone with an IQ above 69 would fall for this.
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